Friday, December 4, 2009

Mulberry

White Mulberry Tree 1    
MULBERRY

Scientific name: Morus alba

Description:
Morus or Mulberry is a deciduous tree that grows to the size of about 2 to 6 meters.  The leaves are generally rounded at the base with serrated margins and pointed tips. The reddish or yellowish-brown bark exudes a milky-colored sap believed to be mildly hallucinogenic.
The fruits are oval. When immature, the fruits are white or green to pale yellow with the hint of pink. When they are ripening they turn to bright red while a fully ripened mulberry is dark purple to black.
It is grown for its fruits as well as for its leaves as this is ecologically important in the cultivation of silkworms for they are used as feeds.

Medicinal Benefits:

It is known to bring relief or even cure the ff:
Anemia, Cough, Chronic hepatitis, Constipation, High Blood Pressure, Influenza,
Neurasthenia, Rheumatism, Ringworm, Sore Eyes (Conjunctivitis), Sores

Parts used:


Fresh or sun-dried leaves
Fresh or sun-dried roots
Fresh or sun-dried tender shoots
Sun-dried fruits

Indications and directions for use:

1. Sore Eyes (Conjunctivitis)

Boil sufficient amount of the leaves in water until half of it has evaporated. Wash eyes with it while the preparation is still warm.

2. Ringworm
Apply milk sap to affected area.

3. Sores
Collect old, dried leaves and grind into powder. Sprinkle the powder over the sore.

4. Constipation

Combine the powdered dried leaves with the finely ground sesame seeds (1:1). Add honey to taste.  Take half a teaspoon 3 times a day.

5. Anemia, Cough, Chronic hepatitis, High Blood Pressure, Influenza,
Neurasthenia, Rheumatism


Cook the mulberry fruits by steaming it. Let it dry under direct sunlight. Once dry, boil 15 g of sun-dried fruits in 150 mL water until only half of the mixture is left.  Drink it 2 to 3 times a day.